Ah, there's nothing like first love. San Francisco's Magic Theatre brings the first taste of Charles Mee's First Love to the West Coast June 7-30 with an opening June 14. Mee's daughter Erin directs as she did in the play's world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop.
First Love introduces two septuagernarians Harold and Edith on a park bench. What happens next plunges them into a whirlwind of love, jealous and sex. Mee penned a trio of plays about love: Big Love, First Love and True Love. In 1999, the playwright developed Summertime with the Magic and plans to create a companion piece, Wintertime, there later in 2002.
Robert Parnell and Joan Mankin stars as the lovers. A two-time Dramalogue winner, Parnell's San Francisco credits include You Can't Take It With You, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Other People's Money. A former Pickle Family Circus clown and mime, Mankin is now an actress and director, whose credits as helmer include the Magic's Hillary and Soon-Yi Shop For Ties.
Tickets are $22-$37. The Magic Theatre is located in Building D at the Fort Mason Center on Marina Boulevard. For reservations, (415) 441-8822. The Magic Theatre is on line at http://www.magictheatre.org.
— By Christine Ehren